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ATTENTION: Due to the CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC, certain events are being rescheduled for a later date or altogether cancelled. Please check with the event organizer or website prior to planning for any forthcoming event.
14 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020
16 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020


Image: Histological micrograph of a bone marrow biopsy from a patient with parvovirus. The parvovirus nuclear inclusions (clear areas) in the erythroblasts are more evident (Photo courtesy of John Lazarchick, MD).

Plasma Virome of Brazilians with Unexplained Symptoms of Infection

 Deep sequencing of nucleic acids in clinical samples now allows the identification of any known infectious agents, resulting in improved diagnostic capabilities. Blood from healthy people with high exposure to viral infections has also been analyzed using metagenomics. More...
25 Mar 2020
Image: SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in different types of clinical specimens (Photo courtesy of New York State).

SARS-CoV-2 Detected in Multiple Sample Types

 An epidemic of respiratory disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) began in China and has spread to other countries. Real-time reverse transcriptase–polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) of nasopharyngeal swabs typically has been used to confirm the clinical diagnosis. More...
23 Mar 2020
Image: The Elecsys BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) assay is intended for the mortality risk assessment and management of sepsis patients. Featuring a short duration time of only 18 minutes, the Elecsys BRAHMS PCT assay can be easily added to any of the automated cobas immunoanalyzer platforms (Photo courtesy of Roche Diagnostics).

Serial Procalcitonin Measurements Utilized in Hospitalized Community-Acquired Pneumonia

 Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) refers to pneumonia (any of several lung diseases) contracted by a person with little contact with the healthcare system. CAP, the most common type of pneumonia, is a leading cause of illness and death worldwide. Its causes include bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. More...
19 Mar 2020
Image: The composition of patients` microbiomes can predict their clinical outcomes when undergoing stem cell transplants (Photo courtesy of European Leukemia Net).

Microbiome Composition Predicts Outcome Among Stem Cell Transplant Patients

 Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplants are common among patients with blood cancers, and while they may cure the disease, such transplants can also lead to complications such as graft-versus-host disease and infections. More...
12 Mar 2020
Image: Histopathology showing arteries of a patient with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) with marked thickening of the walls. A unique profile of gut bacteria can predict the presence of pulmonary artery hypertension in patients with 83% accuracy (Photo courtesy of Yale Rosen, MD).

Gut Bacteria Linked to Pulmonary Artery Hypertension

 Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is considered a disease of the pulmonary vasculature. Limited progress has been made in preventing or arresting progression of PAH despite extensive efforts. More...
11 Mar 2020
Image: The AmpFire Multiplex Human papillomavirus (HPV) assay for real time fluorescent detection (Photo courtesy of AtilaBiosystems).

High-Throughput Isothermal HPV Test Validated

 Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a viral infection that is passed between people through skin-to-skin contact. There are over 100 varieties of HPV, more than 40 of which are passed through sexual contact and can affect the genitals, mouth, or throat. More...
10 Mar 2020
Image: The ViroTrack Dengue Acute assay is a rapid and semi-quantitative microfluidic Dengue virus (DENV) NS1 detection method based on immuno-magnetic agglutination (IMA) technology (Photo courtesy of BluSense Diagnostics).

Immuno-Magnetic Agglutination Assay Detects Dengue Virus Antigen

 Dengue virus (DENV) is the most important arbovirus worldwide, causing infections in endemic countries and returning travellers from these areas. Rapid diagnostic tests are needed to improve patient management and monitor local transmission. The detection of DENV non-structural protein 1 (NS1) is a useful tool for the diagnosis. More...
09 Mar 2020

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